50th Anniversary Mural

In honor of our 50th Anniversary, the Virginia Beach Neptune Festival will commission a mural artist to design and paint a mural that is reflective of the heritage of the Neptune Festival as a celebration of Virginia Beach and its citizens. This highly visible mural will bring a sense of arrival for guests to the Virginia Beach oceanfront and will create a sense of place for residents in the area. The Neptune Festival seeks a wide range of submissions that Celebrate the Beach Life, while reflecting the Virginia Beach Neptune Festival’s mission and spirit.

Be a Part of History

In 1973, local business leaders wanted to help the city come up with an idea to create an event that would bring residents together, attract the interest of tourists, and celebrate the heritage of the city. The Virginia Beach Neptune Festival was born, and the first celebration took place in 1974.

Nearly twenty years ago, Festival organizers decided to commission a piece of public art that celebrated its contributions to the city. Constructed entirely through the generosity of private donations gathered by the Neptune Festival, the Neptune Statue was dedicated to the City of Virginia Beach and its citizens on September 30, 2005 during Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend; it now graces the boardwalk at 31st street, overlooking Neptune’s Park.

Today, the Neptune Festival produces over 40 events in Virginia Beach each year and is the Official Celebration of the City of Virginia Beach. Our signature Boardwalk Weekend draws more than 400,000 people annually. From free concerts and seaside wine tastings to athletic events and a 30-block long celebration on the boardwalk, we are proud to Celebrate the Beach Life!

Let Your Art Shine

Click the link below to review the full Request for Proposal document. Please be sure you have read and understand all of the information and requirements before submitting your application. There is no fee to apply.

Mural Location

510 Laskin Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Application Deadline

April 2, 2024

Project Timeline

Submission Deadline
5:00pm on Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Submissions Review
Week of April 1, 2024

Selection and Notification of Semi-Finalists for further review
Week of April 8, 2024

Semi-Finalist Proposed Mural Design Submission Deadline
12:00pm on Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Final Design Selection and Artist Notification
By Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Artist and Design Unveiling
Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Summer 2024, Exact Dates TBD